Charles Greenhalgh shows the three balls which took only one shot to get into the hole.
Charles Greenhalgh shows the three balls which took only one shot to get into the hole. Lee Constable

Hole-in-one hat-trick stuns veteran golfer

CHARLES Greenhalgh's golf gets better with age, and he's got three hole-in-ones after he turned 70 to prove it.

Now 72, he's been playing golf since was 14, but his first ace didn't come until November 21, 2012 when he was 70.

That happened on the 17th hole at Mittagong, NSW, when he was playing with a friend.

He backed it up with a hole-in-one on the 17th at Mackay Golf Club on February 2 this year, and on Tuesday landed another on the 6th hole.

"I can't believe that I can play golf for so long and suddenly get three hole-in-ones," he said.

"Everyone tries to get a hole-in-one and I never thought I was going to live long enough to get one, let alone three."

Greenhalgh was implanted with a defibrillator after suffering a serious heart condition when he was visiting Germany 15 years ago with a friend.

"I have a bit of trouble walking, but luckily they have buggies," he said.

"Maybe I'll do some walking in the winter."

He gave golf a break after suffering his illness, but made a comeback at Mackay Golf Club thanks to encouragement from a group of friends.

They include Graham Jenner, David Dunkley, Greg Linguard, Les Bartlett and Graham Scott, most of whom were with him for his latest hole-in-one.

He now plays off a handicap of 14 or 15, and although his hole-in-ones were out of competition, would like nothing better than to see his name up on the honour board.

He worked at Bowen for 20 years on the Abbot Point coal terminal, and at Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.



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